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Joe Jaworski recall, Galveston, Texas (2011)
Nearly 3,000 signatures were needed to force a recall election. A straw poll conducted by the Galveston Daily News on May 18, 2011 showed 68.6% of respondents opposed to the recall and 31.4% in favor. The recalls effort's Facebook page had 85 likes as of July 15, 2011.
The recall effort's leader, Bill Quiroga, formed the group Recall Mayor Joe Jaworski to organize the recall effort. Quiroga unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 2010, garnering only 2% of the vote. Jaworski won by a landslide, receiving 53% of the vote. Commenting on his motivations for the recall, Quiroga said, “The bottom line, the question people keep asking me is ‘why do I want to recall the mayor? My question back is to them is ‘What has been done this past year for small businesses and residents?’ They cannot answer the question.”
Mayor Jaworski responded to the recall effort by saying “As much as I would like to, I understand I can never make everyone happy. And while a few might disagree, most Galvestonians like the direction the city is heading. We are moving ahead with plans to rebuild our city, clean up our city and improve our city.” Looking back on his 2010 mayoral bid, Jaworski commented “I ran on the promise of new energy for Galveston, and energy, as we all know, sometimes causes friction. I won’t be signing the petition, and I hope reasonable voters who want to see Galveston move forward quickly won’t sign it either.”
Path to the ballot
The ability to force a recall election in Galveston is laid out in the city's charter. According to the recall rules set forth in that charter, a recall election can be mandated if a petition is signed by at least 10% of the registered voters in the city. Galveston has 29,219 registered voters. Recall proponents would have needed to collect approximately 3,000 signatures from registered voters in order to force a recall election.
- The Galveston Daily News, "Group seeking 3,000 signatures for mayor’s recall," May 11, 2011
- Galveston Daily News, "A lot of talk, not enough signatures," August 27, 2011 (dead link)
- The Galveston Daily News, "Poll: Time to recall Mayor Jaworski?," May 11, 2011
- Recall Mayor Joe Jaworski Facebook page, accessed July 15, 2011
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